Meaning of lieutenant

lieutenant




A lieutenant is a commissioned officer in the armed forces or the police who can take command if her higher-ups aren’t around.

Lieutenant is pronounced “loo-TEN-unt.” If you’re confused about all those vowels, blame the French, because the word comes from the French words lieu, meaning “place,” and tenant meaning “holding.” A lieutenant is someone who holds the place of authority for the person who really has it. If you start a super secret club, you should choose someone to be the lieutenant who can run meetings when you’re not there.

Definitions of lieutenant
  1. noun

    a commissioned military officer

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    1st lieutenant, first lieutenant

    a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marines ranking above a 2nd lieutenant and below a captain
    2nd lieutenant, second lieutenant

    a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps holding the lowest rank
    sublieutenant

    an officer ranking next below a lieutenant
    type of:

    commissioned military officer

    a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps

  2. noun

    an officer holding a commissioned rank in the United States Navy or the United States Coast Guard; below lieutenant commander and above lieutenant junior grade

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    commissioned naval officer

    a commissioned officer in the navy

  3. noun

    an officer in a police force

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    police lieutenant

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    law officer, lawman, peace officer

    an officer of the law

  4. noun

    an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent

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    deputy

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    types:

    second-in-command

    someone who relieves a commander
    vicar-general

    (Roman Catholic Church) an administrative deputy who assists a bishop
    vice-regent

    a regent’s deputy
    type of:

    assistant, help, helper, supporter

    a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

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